Sleeping on planes (or trains or long car rides) can be a challenging endeavor. Investing in a high-quality travel pillow, though, can make a huge difference in how comfortable you are during your trip and how refreshed you feel once you arrive at your destination.
To help you find the very best pillow for your next journey, we’ve asked travel experts, ranging from luxury travel bloggers to Emmy award-winning journalists, for their top picks in terms of comfort, style and versatility.
Neck support for any sleeping position
Experts we interviewed named the Trtl Travel Pillow their go-to pick, praising its super supportive design, compact size and breathable (and machine-washable) fabric. “The design is genius—it fits snugly around your neck with built-in structure to keep your neck supported,” says Kiki Rich, founder of the solo female travel site The Blonde Abroad. She also mentioned that it’s “flatter than traditional travel pillows so it doesn’t take up extra space” in your luggage.
We also loved the machine-washable Trtl pillow, and while it could be a taut for someone who doesn’t like, say, a snug scarf feeling, we found it both comfortable and supportive.
The fact that this pillow inflates easily and effectively is what makes it such a must-have, says Scott Keyes, the founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights. “It folds up really small in your bag,” he says, “and you can inflate or deflate it to control the firmness.” It can be worn multiple ways: nestled around your head and neck, attached to a car headrest or placed on the back of a plane seat. Keyes also loves the pillow’s comfort level, “especially if you prefer to lean against the window” during a flight. When we tried it out for ourselves,